|Lafai playing for the Bulldogs in 2011|
|Full name||Timoteo Lafai|
27 May 1991 |
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
Timoteo "Tim" Lafai (born 27 May 1991) is a Samoan rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. Lafai primarily plays centre. Lafai is a Samoa national representative.
Born in Suvai, Samoa, Lafai moved to Auckland, New Zealand as a 6-year old before immigrating to Sydney, Australia as a 9-year old. Lafai attended Sarah Redfern High School, graduating in 2009 while playing his junior football for the Minto Cobras and Campbelltown Warriors. In 2007, Lafai played for the Western Suburbs Magpies Harold Matthews team before being signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Lafai played for the Rabbitohs SG Ball team and also played for the Campbelltown Eagles in the Bundaberg Red Cup. After the 2009 season, Lafai signed a 1-year contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Lafai played for the Bulldogs Toyota Cup team in 2010 and 2011, scoring 17 tries and 17 goals in 32 games.
In Round 2 of the 2011 NRL season, Lafai made his NRL debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs against the South Sydney Rabbitohs filling in for the injured Josh Morris, scoring a try on debut in the Bulldogs 28-19 win at ANZ Stadium. Lafai finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 8 matches and scoring 2 tries for the Bulldogs. On 8 September 2011, Lafai was named on the interchange bench in the 2011 Toyota Cup Team of the Year.
Lafai returned to the Bulldogs first grade side in Round 5 filling in for the injured Steven Turner, scoring a try in the Bulldogs 46-12 win over the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium. In Round 13 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Lafai suffered a dislocated right shoulder sidelining him for the rest of the year in the Bulldogs 23-18 win at ANZ Stadium. Lafai played in 5 matches and scored 2 tries for the Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL season.
Lafai returned to the Bulldogs first grade side in Round 5 filling in the suspended Krisnan Inu in the centres in the Bulldogs 20-6 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium. Lafai played in 16 matches, scored 7 tries and kicked 1 goal for the Bulldogs in the 2013 NRL season. In 12 October 2013, Lafai was named in the Samoa 24-man squad for the 2013 World Cup, playing in 3 matches. Lafai making his Samoa international debut against Papua New Guinea at centre in Samoa's 38-4 win at Craven Park.
On 5 October 2014, in the Bulldogs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Lafai played at centre in the Bulldogs 30-6 loss. Lafai finished the Bulldogs 2014 NRL season as the club's highest tryscorer with 14 tries as well with him kicking 4 goals in 25 matches. On 7 October 2014, Lafai was selected in the Samoan 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.
- Tim Lafai rugbyleagueproject.org